I’m sorry to say that Seattle has beat Portland at something bike-related, but it’s true and it’s also well-deserved.
The Seattle design by Teague and Sizemore Bicycle, called “The Denny,” won the 2014 Oregon Manifest competition: A utilitarian bicycle that changes the way we think about bikes. The chain is actually a belt drive with an electrical assist for steep hills (no grease required), and the handle bars double as a lock. There are even lights similar to that of a car: front and rear lights plus turn signal blinking lights.
KUOW in Seattle reports that the idea for the design came after the bike’s creator, Taylor Sizemore, was involved in a bike accident in downtown Seattle. Sizemore saw the need for a stable frame that put all the tools a bicyclist needs into their ride.
The Denny will run you $3,000, however, but Sizemore says is absolutely worth it.
“It really is a replacement to your car,” he said in an interview with the public radio station. “With this bike, (people are) going to get a lot more value out of this bike than they’d find in a bike shop.”
The bicycle is named after the Denny family, who helped found Seattle. It’s also the name of a major avenue in town.
The Portland design — “Solid” from Industry and Ti Cycles — pushed technology enhancements to present-day bikes. It was made from a 3-D printed titanium and includes GPS tracking, so you can review where you’ve been and how to get to the next place with the “Discover My City” companion app.
“Across the board, people responded to bike features — on every bike they were looking at and evaluating the features and functionality of each bike,” Oregon Manifest creator Shannon Holt said in an email to the Portland Mercury. “Denny had some standout features. Viewers really loved the handlebar lock, the unusual fender system and the overall look of the bike.”
Other cities involved in the competition included Chicago, New York and San Francisco.